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SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP

December 19 2012, 12:03AM

Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Wednesday:

ANZ - AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP - up 8.5 cents, or 0.35 per cent, at $24.595

ANZ is due to hold its AGM on Wednesday.

BBG - BILLABONG INTERNATIONAL LTD - down 10.75 cents, or 10.97 per cent, at 87.25 cents

Surfwear retailer Billabong is considering a $527 million takeover offer from one of its former executives, and has downgraded its full-year earnings guidance.

WHC - WHITEHAVEN COAL LTD - up 17 cents, or 5.3 per cent, at $3.38

Whitehaven Coal says it has held talks with China's largest coal company, Shenhua Group, but no offers are on the table.